The 2019 Pan-American Games wrapped up yesterday in Lima, Peru, and three Wildcats have shiny trinkets with which to forever remember their time in the Andes.
Peyton Williams saw very limited action for Team USA during the women’s basketball tournament, but pulled down a rebound in every game up through the 62-59 semifinal win over Puerto Rico on Friday. Unfortunately, Williams did not get the opportunity to play in the gold medal game, which Team USA lost to Brazil 79-73, but she still gets a silver medal. She joins Laurie Koehn (2003) as the only Wildcat hoop stars to earn silver at the Games.
A former Wildcat, on the other hand, got to bring home gold, and she did it all by herself. Mexico’s Laura Galvan, the former Kansas State Wildcats distance running star, won a thrilling women’s 5k in which she only outpaced the third place runner by a second and a half. (Sure that seems like a long time, but that’s over three miles, yo.)
Finally, former Wildcat Kim Williamson captured the bronze medal in the women’s high jump for Jamaica on Thursday. High Jump U indeed.
In other basketball news, Shane Southwell is reportedly no longer part of Bruce Weber’s staff. On the heels of his work helping Weber guide Team USA to the FIBA U19 World Championship, Southwell — who has been the director of player development for his alma mater since April — has accepted a position as an actual assistant coach at Robert Morris Colonials in Pittsburgh, per Ryan Black at the Mercury. The move isn’t confirmed, however; while Southwell has changed his Twitter bio, Robert Morris still hasn’t announced the hire.
K-State itself hasn’t reported on this one, which is a little strange, but on Friday at Buser Family Park the Wildcats put on a pretty good show for a crowd of... well, zero. Arkansas was in town for a exhibition which was originally supposed to be open to the public to debut Buser but was later converted to a closed-door practice due to ongoing construction. In a 60-minute scrimmage, the Cats managed a 3-3 draw with the Razorbacks. They’ll take the pitch on Saturday for another exhibition with Oral Roberts, which is still slated to be open to the public.
Corbin McGuire profiled new assistant Kat Benton in Friday’s Sports Extra.
Random news bits as move into mid-August:
Free at GPC, Riley Gates introduces you to Chris Klieman’s faithful director of football administration, Hank Jacobs, while D. Scott Fritchen discusses Klieman’s search for a second starter at wide receiver.
Among the options Scott discusses is freshman phenom Joshua Youngblood, who gets the full star treatment in a Saturday piece from the Eagle’s Kellis Robinett.
Brett David Roberts previews the Cats for Maddux Sports Handicapping, and pegs K-State at five wins and suggests taking the under. Boo!
Finally, a couple of bits from our fellow SB Nation colleagues. Andrew Robert at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls says he thinks Isaiah Zuber will be a top-five wideout in the SEC this year at Mississippi State. Over at The Smoking Musket, Jake Lantz offers his preview of the Wildcats from the West Virginia perspective.